Due to the coronavirus, the mask has become a part of our lives. However, we are experiencing problems with the right mask selection and the accompanying mask allergy, the use of masks in winter. What should be considered in choosing the right mask? What are the causes of mask allergy? How is mask protection provided in winter? President of Allergy and Asthma Association Prof. Dr. Ahmet Akçay answered all the curious questions.
How is mask protection provided in winter?
The most important issue to be considered in the use of masks in winter is that the masks get wet, especially in rainy and snowy weather. Moisture or wet masks completely lose their protection. Masks are moistened with our breath in long-term use in dry weather. In addition to losing its protection, eczema and hives can occur due to contact with the skin with moistened masks. For these reasons, the wet or moist mask should be changed immediately even if it is new, and in dry weather, the mask should be changed at most every 3 hours.
What should be considered in choosing the right mask?
While the masks are produced, they go through a number of processes and some chemicals used during these processes may cause skin rash, itching and redness, especially in sensitive children with allergies. The properties of the mask are very important to prevent mask allergy. At this point, TSE approved surgical masks can be preferred, which do not contain substances such as latex, paraben, nylon, chlorine and have low risk of contact allergies. In addition, the masks to be preferred should be selected with comfort that will not disturb the ears for long periods of use. It should be checked whether the preferred mask is registered in the Product Tracking System of the Ministry of Health. It will be useful to choose masks with a Covid 19 safe production certificate and TSE type 2 product approval. In addition, masks containing Meltblown in 3 layers can be preferred for protection.
What are the causes of mask allergy?
Face masks, including conventional surgical face masks, N95 masks, and reusable fabric masks, may contain chemicals that can trigger contact allergic reactions. Allergic skin reactions to face masks develop to a number of chemical components from which the masks are made. The properties of the mask are very important to prevent mask allergy. At this point, TSE-approved surgical masks can be preferred, which do not contain substances such as latex, paraben, nylon, chlorine and have a low risk of contact allergies.